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Porto

For me, Porto is a bit like a painting. The composition of the mountainous landscape, on the slopes of which houses with their orange roofs are lined up, with the Douro, which meanders through the city, and the iron bridge has something pictorially beautiful about it. Authentic restaurants and cute boutiques invite you to linger. Porto has won me over! Will it convince you too?

03/06/2022

dear(travel)diary,

I've wanted to go to Porto for so long because I was tempted by the many pictures of the city! Everything looked so picturesque and beautiful. When I arrived in Porto, I was not to be disappointed. The city was indeed beautiful! It exudes a certain flair that immediately cast a spell over me.

Unfortunately, we were only in the city for far too short a time. Our time in Porto was therefore more limited to sightseeing than really experiencing the city. For me, one thing is certain: I will be back to try out the many restaurants and cafés, to buy beautiful souvenirs in the boutiques and to enjoy a glass of port wine with a view of the city at sunset.

xx Chiara

Overview:


What to see & discover

  1. My favorite: View from Pedra dos Gatinhos
  2. Picturesque and beautiful: Largo da Pena Ventosa
  3. The city's landmark: Ponte Dom Luís I
  4. Strolling along the promenade: Cais da Ribeira
  5. A highlight outside Porto: Douro Valley
  6. 1001 steps: Escada dos Guindais & Azuléjos stairs
  7. A special library: Livraria Lello
  8. Shopping in the sweetest shops & markets: Mercado na Invicta, Mercado Bom Sucesso, Padaria Aguasfurtadas and Escovaria de Belomonte


Where to eat

  • Padaria Ribeiro, Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 21, 4050-526 Porto - pastry shop with delicious pastel de nata
  • Nicolau Porto, Largo de Alberto Pimentel 4, 4050-214 Porto - café with delicious breakfasts
  • O Caraças, Rua das Taipas 27, 4050-599 Porto - Traditional café with good coffee
  • Taberna Santo António, R. das Virtudes 32, 4050-630 Porto - Traditional Portuguese restaurant where many locals eat (very cheap!)
  • Laurear, Rua da Fábrica 18, 4000-196 Porto - Small restaurant with traditional Portuguese food
  • Vinum, Caves Graham's, Rua do Agro 141, 4400-003 Porto - High-class restaurant with a view over Porto
  • LIFT Rooftop Via Catarina, Parque de Estacionamento, R. de Santa Catarina, 4000-443 Porto - Relaxed bar in the park with a view over Porto
  • Graça Rooftop Bar, R. do Dr. Magalhães Lemos 83 4 andar, 4000-332 Porto - Relaxed bar on the roof terrace


Where to sleep

We were traveling by van and therefore didn't stay overnight in Porto as we didn't fancy a parking space in the city. Experience has shown that these are usually very expensive and not very good in cities. So we drove to the Duoro Valley and spent the night there for free at a winery that we found on Park4Night: Quinta da Padrela.

In addition to a parking space, we even had electricity, a clean toilet and shower and a free guided tour of the winery followed by a wine tasting. The concept of the owners of Quinta da Padrela is clear: they want to attract campers so that they test and buy their wine. We did the same, but we were happy to do so. Because this way we had a wonderful stay in the Duoro Valley and at the same time still have delicious wine for our loved ones and ourselves at home.


Costs

  • Lunch for two at Taberna Santo António: €22
  • Pastel de Nata at Padaria Ribeiro: €4.40 for 2
  • Dinner (supermarket): €6.50
  • Pitch Duoro Valley: 0€
  • Wine Duoro Valley: 50€ for 5 bottles
  • Parking: 4€
  • Toll: 20€
  • Refueling 20€



I have put together a list of all the places on Google Maps.

You can find the list here.


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